I’ve learned that there are some things that are not good to have in easily accessible quantities in my house. I don’t think I’m alone: I think we all have those “I can’t resist, I can’t stop at one/one bite/one spoonfeed,” and therefore it’s best to limit their existence. I’m not a salty, crunchy foods person, I can leave a bag of corn chips or popcorn or salty veggie chips in the cupboard for months. I’m not a sweets person really either – I can easily resist cakes and cookies and pies and squares. But put me in reach of nut butter or chocolate and it’s game over.
I eat dark chocolate every say. I am being completely honest, and I will tell you it’s the last thing I have before bed. It’s one of those, I get to look forward to it all day kind of things, and I genuinely get excited for dark chocolate time at night. I like it as dark as it will go (I’ve been known to feast on 100% cacao chocolate), and I typically have 2 pieces that I savor for a little bit, eating one little bite at a time.
Then there’s the nut butter. I love to make my own because I love that freshly ground drippy, warm nut butter delight, where you dip your spoon right into the food processor and pull out a giant mouthful right out of this whole bowlful of butter. It’s kind of like a dream. But I can’ say I am as good at practicing self-control with this one. Sometimes it will sit in the cupboard untouched, no spoon dipping at all, for a matter of weeks. Other times, it’s gone in a matter of days.
And then there are those times when I combine nut butter with chocolate and put one inside the other. And my brain says, “are you trying to set yourself up for a complete nut butter and chocolate dinner?” Well no. But maybe it happens. Maybe you make nut butter, eat a few spoonfuls while it’s warm, and then make chocolate, dipping your finger in a few times while it’s melting. And then you make the nut butter caramel, spooning it in your mouth a few times along the way, before assembling it all together and proceeding to eat 3 chocolate cups in one sitting. This happened. And I’m totally okay with it.
Because the thing is, these chocolates don’t last long, and so I’m all about taking advantage while they’re at their freshest, most delicious state. I shared them. Happily actually. Because chocolate, like all other food, is better shared.
So go make a batch of these with the intent of sharing. Offer them to your friends, your family, your neighbor, your sister. And then if you also end up eating three yourself, it’s totally okay.